Monday, September 12, 2016

National Guide Dog Month | Natural Balance Honors Human-Canine Teams That Make Us Believe

September is National Guide Dog Month. A Guide Dog is a dog that is trained to lead and assist people who are blind. It is difficult to imagine trying to get around without being able to see anything. Guide Dogs help their humans in so many ways.

To celebrate National Guide Dog Month, I am partnering with Natural Balance and Guide Dogs for the Blind to recognize some amazing top human-canine teams. These nine teams are outstanding examples of the amazing partnerships possible between humans and canines.

Meet Melissa and Camry

Melissa Hudson began to go blind in her late 20s. Being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age 3, Melissa was at risk of losing her sight at a very young age. She began to notice that she could not see well during college. As her vision continued to deteriorate, her doctor told her, "Melissa, you need to face the facts, you're going blind." She was only 27 years old. 

The hardest step after hearing the shocking news was to accept that she would now need to use a cane to get around. When Melissa finally accepted her new reality, she decided to apply Guide Dogs for the Blind. Guide Dogs for the Blind is a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains exceptional guide dogs to serve the blind and visually impaired.

Melissa is now on her third guide dog named Camry. Camry is beautiful, black Labrador Retriever. Melissa's mobility and independence have been enhanced with the help of Guide Dog, Camry. New found freedom shines through her countless adventures with Camry. 

The two of them have traveled to three continents together including North America, Europe, and Asia. Camry is with Melissa every step of the way. From helping her navigate through the chaotic streets of Los Angeles to dodging skateboarders, Camry and Melissa tackle each new obstacle like professionals. Together, the two are ready to conquer the world! 

To help people like Melissa thrive, please consider donating to Guide Dogs for the Blind. You can also read about the eight other amazing and inspiring human-canine teams while you're there. There's no better time than National Guide Dog Month to show your support for these incredible people and their four-legged superheroes.
Do you have a special bond with your pet? Tell us about it in the comments below!


  1. Dogs are great, I really don't know what we did to deserve them

  2. Guide Dogs are just amazing! I am so thankful there are organizations who train these intelligent dogs to help those in need.

  3. We loved this promotion with Natural Balance, it's a message that needs to be out there more. Thanks for sharing. Love Dolly

  4. guide dawgs total lee rock....all dawgs due troo lee; N de peepulz who trane de guide dawgz...984 paws up two them....grate post two day shiner; we hope this post// & Guide Dogs For the Blind; getz de recognition it/ & they deserves ~~~~ ♥♥♥

  5. What a wonderful organization, I love reading these inspiring stories.

  6. I am thankful for organizations like Guide Dogs For The Blind that help people keep or gain their independence. Dogs are wonderful, but service dogs are beyond amazing!

  7. But what a beautiful animal Camry is! His eyes tell a story of commitment and love for Melissa, the protector that all of us women want. Guide Dogs for the Blind is a wonderful organization! Now, this is really newsworthy...

  8. What an inspirational story - thanks for sharing it with us. Dogs in our lives is a beautiful thing....


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